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The Worker Institute brings together researchers, educators and students with practitioners in labor, business and policymaking to address issues related to confronting systemic inequality and building a fair economy, robust democracy and just society. We will share opinion, analysis, research, data, insights and training from our faculty and staff.

Inequality in the Pandemic

Labor Standards Can Help Us Build Back Better

The Worker Institute's Labor Leading on Climate team examines the American Jobs Plan and explains why the built-in labor standards are critical to the proposal’s success.
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Wisconsin Climate Jobs Initiative

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Double Trouble: How the PRO Act Could Solve Two Crises at Once

The Worker Institute's Labor Leading on Climate research team provides insight into the PRO Act and the climate crises.
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Cunningham Facilitates Climate Change and Offshore Wind (OSW) Training

Zach Cunningham, Training and Education Extension Associate, delivered Climate Change and Offshore Wind (OSW) Training to New York union leaders.
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New Survey From Broad Coalition Shows Overlapping Challenges of Racial, Gender, and Economic Injustice Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Survey adds to a growing body of evidence showing need for worker-centered and equity-focused interventions in the pandemic recovery
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The U.S. Can Build the Largest Offshore Wind Industry in the World

The U.S. Can Build the Largest Offshore Wind Industry in the World with a Commitment to Ambitious Climate Action, Racial Justice, and Good Jobs
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The U.S. Can Build the Largest Offshore Wind Industry in the World

Building a large, equitable offshore wind industry in the U.S. is an excellent opportunity for the Biden Administration and East coast states to respond to the current moment and the intersecting crises of COVID-19, climate change and inequality.
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An Alternative to Mass Unemployment: Short-time Programs

Short-time compensation is a relatively low-cost program that already exists in many states to prevent or at least slow mass unemployment. With some reforms, it could protect many more U.S. jobs.
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On Labor Day let’s honor workers by protecting their lives

The Worker Institutes' Patricia Campos-Medina writes an opinion piece for the NJ Star-Ledger on the importance of honoring workers on Labor Day by honoring their lives at work.
Essential Workers Protest for the Safe Workplace

What’s the Connection between COVID-19 and Climate Change? Inequality

The triple crises of COVID-19, climate change and soaring inequality present a moment of great peril and opportunity for the U.S.
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How the COVID-19 Pandemic Exacerbates Inequality in the United States

A blog written by Ileen A. Devault, Academic Director of the Worker Institute and Professor of Labor History.
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The Impact of Phase-4 Reopening in New York State on Workers

Hunter Moskowitz outlines some of the key aspects of New York State phase-four reopening as it impacts workers.
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Essential workers need more than a Bill of Rights. They need unions.

Service workers need more than a ‘Workers Bill of Rights’ to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. They need union representation.
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Understanding The Increase in Domestic Violence During the Coronavirus Pandemic as a Union Issue

KC Wagner discusses Domestic violence as a growing concern for unions during the COVID-19 crisis.
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Fashioning a Response: Results from the Model Alliance COVID-19 Survey

New report from the Worker Institute and the Model Alliance released today on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the modeling industry.
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Resources for Graduates in the CARES Act

The Worker Institute's Hunter Moskowitz outlines some of the resources recent graduates should explore in the CARES Act.
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Fashioning a Response: Results from the Model Alliance COVID-19 Survey

New report released today on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the modeling industry.
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How the CARES Act Impacts Workers

Learn what the CARES Act does for for working people, low-income people and gig workers.
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Who is an Essential Worker in NYS?

Exactly who is deemed an "essential worker" in New York state?
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Stopping Sexual Harassment in the Empire State

A new report released today maps current patterns of workplace sexual harassment and their impact in New York State .
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Quid Pro Quo Workplace Sexual Harassment Widespread Across New York State

Results from Cornell Survey Research Institute’s annual Empire State Poll find 1 in 10 adult New Yorkers report experiencing “someone in a position of authority at their workplace trying to trade job benefits for sexual favors.”
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On-Demand Platform Workers Denied Basic Rights

Worker Institute report details gig economy pressures on individuals and makes public policy recommendations.
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Advance Findings from Report on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Quid pro quo workplace sexual harassment is widespread across New York state.

State Commitment to Wind Industry Workers is Historic, Skinner Says

Gov. Andrew Cuomo orders 800 megawatts of offshore wind energy, significantly strengthening outlook for wind industry workers.
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Eliminating The Tipped Wage In New York

Testimony From The Worker Institute at Cornell to the New York State Wage Board